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Far-Left Media Group Asks FCC To Censor Trump Press Conferences

The spectacularly misnamed "Free Press" group seeks government control over conservative speech and conservative media.

 

BY:  Mollie Zeigler Hemingway

 

An influential far-left media group has petitioned the Federal Communications Commission to develop a wide-ranging censorship plan of President Donald Trump’s press conferences. “Free Press,” the group calling for the censorship of broadcasts of the press conferences, says in its petition that it’s a “life and death” issue. They are asking the FCC to limit the public’s right to hear directly from the president about the federal government’s handling of the global pandemic, that any broadcasts of his press conferences come with a pronounced disclaimer, and that media figures with different political views than the progressive organization be further censored.

 

“This is a sweeping and dangerous attempt by the far left to weaponize the FCC against conservative media outlets and elected officials. They want to turn the FCC into a roving speech police empowered to go after the left’s political opponents,” says FCC Commissioner Brendan Carr.

While the requests are extreme, Free Press has previously taken far-left views about government control of the media and turned them into orthodox Democratic Party positions. The group successfully lobbied the FCC under President Obama to regulate the internet via Title II “net neutrality” rules, later repealed by FCC Chairman Ajit Pai, who has described Free Press as “a spectacularly misnamed Beltway lobbying group.”

 

FCC rules regulating the broadcast of intentional hoaxes could be used to limit media coverage of President Trump, Free Press argues. The Commission’s previous ruling that the government has a “compelling interest in preventing substantial public harm,” could be interpreted to prevent unregulated media coverage of the president, Free Press argues. The group posits no limit to its theory, setting up a system where the FCC could shut down any group pushing ideas it doesn’t like.

To make their case, they cite President Trump’s discussion of an anti-malarial treatment that some doctors had been using to treat COVID-19. He specifically said that even if it didn’t work as treatment, it had been used for so long in humans, that the risk was low. “It’s been around for a long time, so we know if things don’t go as planned, it’s not going to kill anybody,” he said.

 

Free Press argued that a man without COVID-19 who died after ingesting fish tank cleaner at home, outside the direction of any medical professional, was a victim of Trump’s remarks and that therefore its censorship plan should be adopted. Citing anti-Trump activists who blamed Trump for this death, Free Press called Trump’s support for the treatment “deadly disinformation.” The group also claimed that Trump had engaged in a “mischaracterization of the efficacy” of hydroxychloroquine.

 

In recent days, the FDA approved the use of hydroxychloroquine for COVID-19 patients. And the New York Times conceded that the drug “helped to speed the recovery” of a group of patients who were stricken by the Wuhan Coronavirus.

 

Free Press cofounder and longtime board member Robert W. McChesney is an avowed socialist. He has made his views clear, saying “In the end, there is no real answer but to remove brick by brick the capitalist system itself, rebuilding the entire society on socialist principles.” He also said of his work, “[w]e need to do whatever we can to limit capitalist propaganda, regulate it, minimize it, and perhaps even eliminate it.” He has also praised Venezuela’s control of the media.

 

Free Press’s censorship plan echoes one suggested last year by Democrat FCC Commissioner Jessica Rosenworcel. Her plan was to censor e-cigarette ads on television in the name of “public interest.” The plan has statutory and constitutional obstacles, notes Jacob Sullum.

 

Particularly since the election of Trump in 2016, progressive groups have been making a concerted effort to use the government to limit the expression of conservative speech. These prominent groups and representatives are openly signaling that they would use the power of the FCC to censor conservative speech if they were to gain control of the commission under a Democratic president.

 

 

 

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Thanks Jim for bring light on the darkness of an anti free speech group. Good job


Libs are nuttier than squirrel poop
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Lets see what happened at today's press conif. 1. The Sec. of Treasury told all about a new business loan program that goes into effect tomorrow and all small business should contact any bank about it and apply. Sounds good. Well NBC cut off the press conif. right after the Sec. finished his remarks. Seems what he said was not true. First you had to go to a bank you deal with not any bank, and the banks could not make any such loans since the feds were backing them and had not given out any information to the banks on how or what they were todo. Banks all over the USA have been putting out notices to all please do not call us as we can make no such loans. 2. Trump had the admiral incharge of getting masks (95) to NYC speak. The Adm. said they had obtained a few 100,000 masks and they were being delivered to a warehouse in NYC tomorrow so this should fix the shortage for a time. The Feds in action. When questioned on this guess what the Adm told the reporter. Yes the got the masks and they were shipped to a NYC warehouse owned by a private distributor who would sell them to anyone who placed an order. They could even sell them to overseas buyers, and buyers all across the USA.  That is how the Feds solved the mask problem in NYC. Trump then told all the Feds are back up only it was up to the states to buy equipment.

All networks should stop carrying these sessions. They remind one of the Dictator telling his underlings how much the dear leader is doing for them, and how great he is. Even Hitler never went that far in Germany. It is more like NK and its dear leader.  Trump in action. The Boston paper told its readers today Trump has blood on his hands, and he put some more on at his press briefing  this afternoon.

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All networks should stop carrying these sessions. They remind one of the Dictator telling his underlings how much the dear leader is doing for them, and how great he is. Even Hitler never went that far in Germany.

 

I stopped watching them,  I can't take the lies in the Trump Show at a time like this.

 

We're on our own, do what you think is best to protect your family. 

 

I'm a plumber, I'm trying to do small jobs IF they're emergencies, but I quickly realized I'm not set up  to deal with a SARS 2 flu pandemic.   It's not just personal protection gear,  it's the clean up after.

 

How do I wash my clothes without bringing them into the house, how do I disinfect my truck.

 

I have masks, gloves, face shields  and coveralls,  but how do I do all this other stuff.

 

I did a job on March 31 and I'm still trying to clean up on April 3rd.

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@john258 wrote:

Lets see what happened at today's press conif. 1. The Sec. of Treasury told all about a new business loan program that goes into effect tomorrow and all small business should contact any bank about it and apply. Sounds good. Well NBC cut off the press conif. right after the Sec. finished his remarks. Seems what he said was not true. First you had to go to a bank you deal with not any bank, and the banks could not make any such loans since the feds were backing them and had not given out any information to the banks on how or what they were todo. Banks all over the USA have been putting out notices to all please do not call us as we can make no such loans. 2. Trump had the admiral incharge of getting masks (95) to NYC speak. The Adm. said they had obtained a few 100,000 masks and they were being delivered to a warehouse in NYC tomorrow so this should fix the shortage for a time. The Feds in action. When questioned on this guess what the Adm told the reporter. Yes the got the masks and they were shipped to a NYC warehouse owned by a private distributor who would sell them to anyone who placed an order. They could even sell them to overseas buyers, and buyers all across the USA.  That is how the Feds solved the mask problem in NYC. Trump then told all the Feds are back up only it was up to the states to buy equipment.

All networks should stop carrying these sessions. They remind one of the Dictator telling his underlings how much the dear leader is doing for them, and how great he is. Even Hitler never went that far in Germany. It is more like NK and its dear leader.  Trump in action. The Boston paper told its readers today Trump has blood on his hands, and he put some more on at his press briefing  this afternoon.


Just as the president has the right and indeed, the responsibility to address the nation during times of crisis, the media has the right and obligation to ask the questions to clarify muddied statements, i.e. the face masks being sent to NYC, BUT not necessarily for the health officials in NY, but to anyone who wants to buy them. 

 

And while I think it is a travesty for the president to use his pressers to talk about his press briefing ratings being better than even 'The Bachelor' (a dubious distinction at best), and get snarky with reporters when they ask the questions he doesn't want or can't answer and publicly praise the VP for dancing around a direct and legit question about worried Americans with no insurance because they are caught in the "doughnut hole", you can't censor him without creating another whole issue.  His job is to address the nation.  It's just too bad he sucks at it. (JMO.  Please, don't anyone get their panties in a wad.)  Like @john258  said, local stations will simply cut away.   NBC in DC cuts from the presser unless they are talking about vital coronavirus information.  If not, it's back to the local news and weather.

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https://www.freepress.net/policy-library/free-press-emergency-petition-covid-19-misinformation

 

........The FCC must ensure that broadcasters are proactively protecting the health and safety of Americans and use its powers to make sure that the public receives accurate information about this deadly pandemic. Other agencies, like the Federal Trade Commission, Department of Justice, and the Food and Drug Administration have issued guidance for entities within their jurisdiction to protect consumers and the public. The FCC must act too.
 
I agree.  Disinformation is rampant and should be reigned in and eliminated altogether.  Far too many are dangerously taking risks because of that fact -  threatening their own lives and the lives of everyone else.  The ignorant contest and rebellion against Science, the only weapon we have, is proving fatal every minute of every day.
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Not just Free Press, I'm seeing where other media are recommending that the press conferences be aired on a delayed basis, because it is impossible to fact-check in realtime; the briefings frequently turn into self-congratulatory rallies; they start out with something other than coronavirus info, like drug cartels.

 

On the other hand, people say IMPOTUS is frequently baited with questions about what if, what should have been done, questions recalling the missteps that have been taken, which are not conducive to what needs to be done now.

 

Censorship is not the answer.  People have choices.  I choose not to watch the briefings.  I never could watch IMPOTUS speak without cringing, much less watch him read from a script.  His speeches bring me no comfort, no encouragemment, no hope, so I choose to read about the relevant highlights later and primarily, get my info from the official gov sites -- CDC, my state. etc.

 

To each his own source of information and inspiration.

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@jimc91 wrote:

The spectacularly misnamed "Free Press" group seeks government control over conservative speech and conservative media.

 

BY:  Mollie Zeigler Hemingway

 

Here we go, folks.... another writer from THE FEDERALIST.

Just to remind everyone what THE FEDERALIST is:

 

(1) A media outlet founded by a SERIAL PLAGIARIST who couldn't find a job anywhere else.

 

(2) A media outlet that published op-eds that rationalized CHILD MOLESTATION OF YOUNG GIRLS BY OLDER MEN.

 

(3) A media outlet that published copious amounts of misinformation about the coronavirus, some of which adopted by PRESIDENT DUMP, which is now resulting in many needless deaths.

 

Come on, @jimc91, let's find some legitimate media outlets rather than these silly outlets that publish anything, by anybody, regardless of the ramifications.

NO! IT'S CONSERVATIVES THAT ARE NUTTIER THAN SQUIRREL POOP!
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